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We started with a lively tour of this area and then a wine tasting -who knew! Beautiful area but who knew things could grow in those rocks!
in the afternoon, we sailed to Avignon. Old town, dating back to the 14th century. We walked on the Pont du Avignon. In the evening we were treated to dinner in the "Grand Tinel" Papal banquet room with live classical music at the Pope's palace.
We started with a walking tour of Viviers, a village of about 5000 people. Narrow streets, old buildings, the church dating back to the 14(?) century. The walk spiralled up to the cathedral, which is the smallest one in France. Here, we were treated to an organ recital in the cathedral-what beautiful acoustics!
in the afternoon, we had a quick French cooking class - crepe ...
... region of France. Avignon is famous for printed fabrics, ceramics and little terracotta figures that they use for decorating their houses particularly at Christmas. Avignon is the burial place of two Popes, Benedict xii and John xxii. Avignon became part of France in 1791, before that is was owned by the Pope. There are walls around the town and they are about two and a half miles long, mostly they are intact. You generally find that places like this just keep them ...
... feature of vertically layered limestone eroded into a narrow gap by a sizeable river. Crowning one side is an imposing mediaeval fort which finishes off the scene. We tried the pieds et paquets of Sisteron - shank and offal of lamb in little roulades with a rich sauce - just ok.
Having seen brown signs to Villages Perche [perched villages!] we ...
... Thursday farmers market. Wonderful colours at every turn! We picked up fresh baked bread, artesian cheeses and olives for lunch in front of the Roman Theatre Antique. This very large theatre dates back to the 1st century and is famous as the only one with its stage wall still standing. It still hosts annual music performances in July.
Our first day ride was good, travelling the lovely countryside and ...
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